Food & Wine

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH RAMONA WINEMAKERS ABOUT THE HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL “GET YOUR MERRY ON” EVENT DEC. 13-14

Listen online now: http://kiwi6.com/file/x3eq45ylj3

December 12, 2014 (Ramona) –Jess Koehler from La Finquita Winery and Teri Kerns from Ramona Ranch Winery stopped by our studio this week to talk about Ramona’s growing wine industry and a very merry event this weekend. The Ramona East End Loop Holiday Wine Trail (otherwise known as “Get Your Merry On” takes place this Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14. 

The self-guided tour features six wineries with 18 tastings, food pairings, live music, crafts such as glass blowing and holiday shopping. Plus each winery offers its own unique ambience, from the subterranean wine cave at La Finquita to an outdoor patio at Ramona Ranch.

SAY CHEESE! LOOKS WHAT'S COMING SOON AT VAN OMMERING DAIRY IN LAKESIDE

 

December 11, 2014 (Lakeside) – Many of our readers have asked us where to find locally made cheeses. At last, we’ve found a source! Van Ommering Dairy in Lakeside has announced that starting in 2015, this family-owned farm will begin making artisan, farmstead cheese.  In addition, a cheese club, special events and creamery tours will be offered.

HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL: RAMONA EAST END LOOP DEC. 13-14

 

November 8, 2014 (Ramona) – ‘Tis the season to be merry along the Holiday Wine Trail, featuring wineries on the Ramona East End Loop.   You can take the tour December 13 or 14 from 12-5 p.m.

GOT LEFTOVERS? SAM THE COOKING GUY TEAMS UP WITH COUNTY TO OFFER RECIPES

 

 

 

 

 

 

   East County News Service

 

 

November 28, 2014 (San Diego)--Thanksgiving is all about tradition. And part of that tradition is food: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries. Sam the Cooking Guy gives a twist on some of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes in these original County News Center TV episodes—including ideas for using up those leftovers, such as turkey pie and stuffing omelet. You can watch videos of Sam whipping up these tasty recipes and try them out with your family this holiday season.

View video at left for how to make a turkey pie and see the recipe below. For more videos and recipes, visit:http://www.countynewscenter.com/news/thanksgiving-recipes-sam-cooking-guy

HOW TO MAKE THIS YOUR BEST AND SAFEST THANKSGIVING MEAL EVER

November 22, 2014 (San Diego) – So — how long are you planning to thaw that turkey? (24 hours for every five pounds of weight.)

And what's the best way to cook the stuffing? (Separately, of course.)

Thanksgiving is the biggest home-cooking event of the year. You want everything to be perfect—and safe. The last thing anyone wants is uninvited bacteria, party-crashers like salmonella, listeria and E. coli that could make your guests sick.

Never fear--here are five steps from the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health to make this your best and safest Thanksgiving meal ever: Plan Ahead, Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

PLENTY TO SAVOR AT THE RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

November 22,2014 (Ramona) – Fine art, music, wine and gourmet food -- all served up in a castle. What more could one ask to savor for in an event?

The second annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival, held on November 1st, was even bigger and better than the first. Held at the elegant Amy Strong Castle in Ramona to benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural program, this year's event featured 18 local artists, a dozen local wineries and 10 local chefs.

SANTEE LAKES FISH REPORT AND TROUT-IN-A-POUCH RECIPE

 

November 10, 2014 (Santee) –Santee Lakes reports that a week after its Trout Opener event, the lakes continue to provide some excellent trout fishing – and more trout stock will be added this Friday around mid-day.  Participants took home not only fish, but prizes including a BMX bike, fishing gear and gift certificates.

EAST COUNTY LOW-N-SLOW BBQ & BEER TASTING NOV. 14

 

November 8, 2014 (Spring Valley) – Cali Comfort Restaurant will host the East County BBQ and Beer Tasting on November 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cali is located at 8910 Troy Street in Spring Valley.  Guests will meet and greet brewers/owners of Jamul Brewing, Valley Farm Market and Cali Comfort BBQ.

LA MESA VILLAGE FARMER'S MARKET WINTER HOURS

 

November 1, 2014 (La Mesa)--On the first Friday of November, the La Mesa Village Farmers’ Market will start operating on a “winter hours” schedule, running from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The venerable and quaint year-round farmers market, which has been sponsored by the City of La Mesa for over 20 years, typically operates from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In winter these hours have the market starting in sunshine, transitioning through dusk, and ending in darkness, which must be illuminated by cumbersome portable lighting fixtures.

CHEERS! RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL IS NOV. 1 AT THE AMY STRONG CASTLE

 

 

October 31, 2014 (Ramona)-- The second annual Ramona Art and Wine Festivals iwll be held at the historic Amy Strong Castle on November 1st.

Guests will enjoy tasting handcrafted wine from area wineries and food prepared by area chefs. Artists will display and sell their work. Highlighting the event is a live auction of wine barrels painted by local artists.

CLOGGING FIDDLER CELIA LAWLEY PERFORMS AT RAMONA RANCH WINERY OCT. 25

 

October 22, 2014 (Ramona) – Ramona Ranch Winery invites guests to celebrate Oktoberfest complete with a live performance by Celia Lawley, a singing and clogging fiddler player/songwriter who has performed extensively across the U.S. and Canada. Trezette’s Catering will offer bratwurst sandwiches topped with onion/pepper or sauerkraut, along with bacon-horseradish potato salad.

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

Part IV in a series

By the East County Eaters

Week 4:  Downtown Café (El Cajon) and Anthony’s Seafood Grotto (La Mesa)

October 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –In our fourth week of savoring great happy hours across our region, we stopped in at two establishments with deep roots in the community: Downtown Café, located in a historic brick that dates back to El  Cajon’s pioneer past, and Anthony’s Fish Grotto, a landmark restaurant serving up fresh seafood in La Mesa since 1946.

CRACKDOWN ON WINERIES USE OF VOLUNTEERS COULD CHILL LOCAL WINE INDUSTRY

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Small wineries have been flourishing since our County passed its boutique winery ordinance.  Unlike most small businesses, wineries that grow their own grapes can’t generate profits for several years, since it takes that long after planting vines before a quality wine can be produced.  Many local wineries have relied on friends and other volunteers to pick grapes, help with events and other tasks.

VINES AND WINES: MT. HELIX WINE GROWERS "MEET AND GREET" REPORT

 

 

By Donn Rutkoff

October 12, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - On a lovely Sunday afternoon in Sept., the Mt. Helix Wine Growers Association held their 3rd annual "Meet and Greet", otherwise known as a potluck and wine sharing.  About 30 growers came together to share news and ideas.  A few really good locally made wines were brought, one in particular was from Kristi (Anderson) and Suzie, a newly bottled Syrah.  Based on what your reporter tasted, the future continues to look very tasty for locally grown wines.

2014 TASTE OF THE SUMMIT TICKETS NOW ON SALE

 

October 4, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The North Mountain Wine Trail’s four wineries will be serving up wine pairings with gourmet dishes and live music during the “Taste of the Summit” event on Saturday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The four wineries are located within two miles of each other in the Warner Springs area.

ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF TO HEAT UP LEMON GROVE NOV. 1

 

September 26, 2014 (Lemon Grove)--“Let the insanity begin,” says Helen Ofield.”  Soroptimist International of Lemon Grove will hold its 10th Annual Western Roundup and Chili Cook-off on Nov. 1 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the parish hall of St. John of the Cross Church, 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove. Tickets are $20 in advance or at the door.

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

Part III in a series

By the East County Eaters

Week 3:  Bleu Boheme (Kensington) and Cali Comfort (Spring Valley)

September 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)— For week three in our quest to bring you the most delightful and different happy hours across our inland region, we indulged in French cuisine and burgundy at Bleu Boheme, owned by a prominent San Diego retauranteur in Kensington. We also found fabulous half-price barbecue tri-tip and wings so hot they’re named for a local firefighters’ crew at Cali Comfort in Spring Valley, a sports bar and restaurant that has found the winning combination for hospitality.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY BAKERS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR WEST COAST'S LARGEST BAKE SALE TO BENEFIT MAMA'S KITCHEN

 

Sycuan returns for tenth year, joins new bakers such as Stone Brewing and Sea & Smoke; Sales begin October 6, 2014

September 15, 2014 (San Diego)--Sycuan Casino, Urban Solace, and the San Diego Culinary Institute in La Mesa are among the local restaurants, hotels and catering companies that have pledged their talent to create and donate delicious pies for the upcoming Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale.

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

 

Part II in a series

By the East County Eaters

 

Week 2:  Alpine Beer Company Pub (Alpine) and Vine Cottage (La Mesa)

September 11, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--Last week, we opened our Best Happy Hours in East County series by focusing on some premier locations for cocktails. This week, our eager team of eaters and drinkers hit the road once again, this time bringing you reviews of a local brewery’s pub that’s one of the most popular watering holes in the backcountry, along with a European-style bistro with a wonderful wine bar and some of the best happy hour food deals in town.

 

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY!

 

 

 

 

Part 1 in a series

By the very happy East County Eaters at East County Magazine

Week 1: Terra American Bistro (San Diego/La Mesa area) and Viejas Resort & Casino (Alpine)

September 4, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—Our intrepid team of East County Eaters have been on the road in search of the best Happy Hours across our inland region. (It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!) Each week, we’ll be featuring two locales offering diverse experiences. Whether your tastes run to sushi bars or cowboy bars, wine bistros or craft brew pubs, urban eateries or mountain taverns, you’ll find plenty to whet your appetite!

To kick off our series, we start by featuring two of our favorites:  Terra American Bistro, a bistro and bar that prides itself on farm-to-table fresh cuisine--right down to the fresh-squeeze passionfruits in our cocktails and the refreshingly tasty and affordable appetizers, plus we tried our luck at Viejas Casino and Resort -- a four-star vacation destination hotel with some great specials sure to make you happy. Cheers!

VINES AND WINES: SO WHAT ARE THOSE "FRENCH" AND "ITALIAN" VARIETALS?

 

By Donn Rutkoff

September 1, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - You hear the term, but you don't know what it really means.  Why are some grapes called Bordeaux grapes, if what I drink is from California?  And why are they sometimes called vinifera or Vitis vinifera and why are they connected to each other?  What is a cultivar, or a Bordeaux grape?

OUR LADY OF LIGHT CHURCH DEEP-PIT BARBECUE AUG. 31

 

 

August  29, 2014 (Descanso)--Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Descanso will hold its 77th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue on Sunday August 31st of the Labor Day weekend. The Festivities will start at 11 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m.

The barbecue has been a major event of the mountain empire area since before World War II. It will be held on the Church grounds on Riverside drive in Descanso.

BLUES RUSE AT ANDIAMO RISTORANTE AUG. 30

 

August 28, 2014 (Tierrasanta) – Andiamo Ristorante Italiano and Bar is serving up a brand new menu—along with live music by Blues Rise starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30th.  The musicians will perform vintage blues including Mississippi Delta Blues from the first half of the 1900s as well as more recent blues tunes.

VINES AND WINES: LOCAL VINTNERS WIN BIG AT COUNTY FAIR

 

 

 

By Donn Rutkoff

Man About Wine

July 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--At the just-concluded San Diego County Fair, the homemade wine competition as usual was crowded with entries.  East County and North County entrants scored 44 gold medal wines, while those from zip codes inside the city scored about 15 more.  From the East and North County, here are the golds, with some familiar names to those of you who have been in the wine world or are now licensed wineries  Stay tuned for an interview soon with quadruple-gold winner Luis Mayor, he placed 11 medal winners.

JERSEY MIKE'S SUBS TO OPEN SECOND EL CAJON LOCATION

 

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser

July 30, 2014 (El Cajon)--– Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs,  opens in El Cajon on July 30.  Franchise owners Ray Ibrahim and Nabil Somo will hold a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3 to support the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation.

VINES AND WINES: RAMBLIN' ROUND RAMONA

 

By Don Rutkoff

Photo: Elaine Lyttleton, Hatfield Creek Winery

July 30, 2014 (Ramona)--I went tooling around Ramona Sunday, visiting and tasting some newer wineries, and I will tell you, if you haven't started tasting the locals, you need to get off your couch and hit the road.  There are a lot of very good wines in Ramona, mostly red, mostly familiar grapes, and a few lesser known grapes too.

VINES AND WINES: INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN FOR WINE LOVERS

 

 

 

 

 

By Donn Rutkoff

"Man About Wine"

 

July 19, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Hello to all wine lovers in the East County and all wine lovers anywhere who are reading East County Magazine.  This is my first column and we hope there will be many more.  I will be bringing you news of what is happening here in the county, news of interest to the local growers and fermenters, and some educational "fluff" to help you enjoy wines.

Here is a preview of this week's wine-worthy topics.  (Hit "read more" and scroll down for the full stories.) 

  • Sparkling wines in an hour?
  • Warm-weather red grapes
  • New tasting rooms - thanks to rezoning underway
  • Wine columnist shares his roots

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